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Peace, not person/ministry exclusive – all laterals should be included: Abdullah

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2020)

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah strongly criticized the current peace process by the Afghan government saying that “Peace is not exclusive to a person or a ministry”. He underscored that a ministry cannot conduct the peace process and that the Afghan peace envoy should be comprised of people as well as the government.

Recently, disagreements between the two leaders of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan have been evolving.

Last week Ashraf Ghani assigned the State Ministry of Peace to proceed with the Peace Talks with the Taliban. The decision was not welcomed by Abdullah Abdullah.

Abdullah says, “Afghan people have the absolute right to participate, negotiate, and take stand in the Peace Talks. The negotiating envoy should be multilateral, including the government and people – no ministry can singlehandedly advance the peace process.”

This comes as the politicians believe that the disagreements between the two power poles of Afghanistan can drag the peace process into chaos. On the other hand, the Taliban also haven’t agreed on the government’s ceasefire demand.

Ashraf Ghani’s condition for the peace talks is a ceasefire, while Abdullah insists on agreeing with ‘violence reduction’ which the USA and the Taliban both have agreed on.

Many believe that Afghanistan is in a very critical moment that every political disagreement, verbal tension, and serious encounter can put the peace process into a difficult position. The Taliban can benefit from the tensions between Ghani and Abdullah.

The peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are reportedly going to start two weeks after the peace agreement is signed in Qatar. The Presidential Palace says that the government peace envoy is ready, however, the chief executive’s office rejects the statement saying that “there is no envoy.”

In the meantime, Abdullah Abdullah complained about the latest employments made by Ashraf Ghani and called them “one-sided” adding that he didn’t react because he wanted to preserve the political stability.

He further added in the cabinet conference that the National Unity Government of Afghanistan will continue till the final results of the election are announced saying that the government will be valid based on the “agreement signed five years ago”.

Meanwhile, the MPs also seem fed up with the ongoing tensions. They say that the final results should be announced as soon as possible to put an end the tensions.

The recent disagreements between Ghani and Abdullah seem to be serious and not so easy to settle. Now, the real question is, “What is the main factor behind all the differences?” Politicians’ answer, “Power”.

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Afghan forces push back Taliban attack in Faryab, killing 11 militants

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The Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban attack in Faryab province, the Afghan military said.

In a statement released on Sunday, the 209 Shaheen Corps said that the militants attacked the Afghan security and defense forces in the Dawlatabad district of the province on Saturday afternoon.

According to the statement, the attack faced “fierce resistance” by the Afghan forces.

At least 14 Taliban militants including Haji Naasir, the Taliban designated district chief’s father – for Shirin Tagab – were killed in the clashes, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the group’s red unit commander Mulla Zaqawi along with 10 insurgents were wounded in the incident.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment on the matter.

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek test positive for Coronavirus

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan were tested positive for Coronavirus, Bachchan confirmed.

 “I have tested CoviD positive..shifted to Hospital.. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” Amitabh Bachchan said in a tweet on Saturday night.

Both actors have been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai, India.

The 77-year-old actor also urged all those who have been in close proximity with him in the last 10 days to get themselves tested for COVID-19

Meanwhile, Abhishek has informed that they have ‘mild symptoms.’

“Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you,” Abhishek wrote on Twitter.

It comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 820,916 with 22,123 deaths and 515,386 recoveries.

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England World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies

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Jack Charlton, the 1996 World Cup winner with England and former head of Ireland national football team, has died aged 85 on Friday, BBC reported.

Charlton has been suffering from lymphoma since 2019 as well as dementia.

One of English football’s most popular characters, Jack Charlton was in the team that won the World Cup at Wembley in 1966.

He was the former defender of Leeds United 1950 to 1973. Leeds is the club in which he spent his entire club career.

A family statement read: “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side. As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.”

“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.

He is survived by wife Pat, whom he married in 1958, and their three children, John, Deborah, and Peter

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